The Ultimate Guide For Remaining At Home
All adults want to remain in the preferred setting of their home for as long as they can, and there are lots of benefits that come with maintaining your independence for longer. At Elder Services of Okaloosa County, we want to support your decision and assist you in remaining independent. This is why we have written down the ultimate guide for remaining at home. These tips will help you live your life at home without any hindrances.
Things to keep in mind
As we age, we must remain aware of attending to our finances, our health, and our nutrition, to name a few. There are many considerations when planning on staying home, but these three will keep an aging individual independent and self-sufficient through the remaining days of their life.
When planning finances, many will find that their plans change with the ups and downs of the economy. What we originally counted on may, or may not, be sufficient. Keeping debt to a minimum will avoid a crisis. Live within your means. Avoid credit card debt and use it only for real emergencies. Making plans should include family and other members of your support network.
It is also imperative to look after your health and wellbeing. Eat balanced meals, get some kind of exercise, and be an active participant in life. Do not isolate yourself away from friends and family. Be proactive as no one knows you as well as you do. Ask questions, be assertive, and take family or friends to doctor appointments to ensure you receive the correct information.
One big mistake most people make
Many times we don’t adequately plan for the burdens associated with aging and the desire to remain independent financially and health-wise. Although it may seem overwhelming at times, there are individuals in your community who are more than willing to assist. There are services that will support you and help you to remain independent. Don’t think that you are alone. Asking for help should not cause you distress. We all need help at some time or another. You are no less of a person for reaching out for assistance. In fact, it will help you to be stronger.
There are so many programs available to you that can help with medicines, home repairs, personal care activities, home-delivered meals, purchasing medical supplies, homemaking, and a simple visit from a caring individual so that you are not alone. Although COVID has significantly changed our way of life, know that there is help available to you. Dedicated individuals are ready to answer your call. You are never really alone.
Most clients are, first and foremost, concerned about costs associated with assistance. There are state and federal programs available that provide services at little or no cost. It involves participating in a short assessment to determine your needs and desires. There are several organizations in the community that will provide help at no cost. You must explore your options and reach out.
The most important thing to know is that it is the goal of those willing to assist in keeping you where you prefer. The services have been developed over many years by professionals who have studied and researched the needs of our aging population. The most difficult realization is to acknowledge that you need help. Once you are committed to this concept, the following steps become easier.
Contacting your local source for elder services is the first step. Their staff is knowledgeable about local resources, and they want to help you. They understand how important your independence and dignity are. They know that you have taken a big step, and they will be there for you. Remember, non-profit organizations and agencies are committed to their local communities. They employ caring and compassionate individuals. They respect your right to pursue a life without hindrance in the preferred setting of your home. Trust them to support you.
If you are looking for a licensed home health care agency in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, reach out to us at Elder Services of Okaloosa County. We are a licensed Home Health Agency, providing non-medical services to the frail, at-risk, or recuperating persons in the preferred setting and comfort of their own home. We offer in-home elder care and caregiver services across Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Mary Esther, Crestview, Niceville, Valparaiso, and the surrounding areas.
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